"Chatter around the financial markets Sunday and Monday indicated a dichotomy: Investment pros almost unanimously like the firebrand vice presidential nominee, but they're not as sure that he'll help the Republicans unseat President Obama."
"With so much of the Street's money flowing to Romney, the stakes in him getting elected are huge."
"The whole election has been transformed overnight. Instead of focusing on Barack Obama's mediocre performance on the economy, the election now may be a referendum on the Paul Ryan budget," said Greg Valliere, chief political strategist at Potomac Research Group in Washington. "The Paul Ryan budget polls very poorly."
"Valliere worries that while the message of fiscal responsibility is a positive one, the timing may not be right for someone as aggressively reform-minded as Ryan."
"The most important development is that this pick makes it unlikely that Romney can win Florida because of the anxiety Ryan generates among senior citizens over Medicare," he added. "If Romney can't win Florida, he can't win the presidency."
Yes. I really like the Ryan pick as well. Not because of his "seriousness" or even "boldness" or his love of "tough decisions" but mostly because he's doesn't gain Romney anything and actually will likely cost him.
It's interesting that while everyone talks about Palin, one difference was that while she was perhaps the most unqualified person on a Presidential ticket in our nation's history, she was on the other hand very popular with the base. Ryan certainly is too, no doubt.
Yet it's telling that Romney is having Ryan go off on his own. McCain had planned the same but seeing the way she electrified crowds he changed his mind.
I don't doubt that the base loves him, but it shows that Romney is still trying to claim that there is daylight between the two of them. It's as if he thinks that by enforcing literal physical distance between them, people will buy this.